Population Health Research Brief Series

Monnat talks to Bloomberg about rising suicide rates among US kids

Lerner Center Chair and Director Shannon Monnat was recently quoted in this Bloomberg piece on rising suicide rates among U.S. kids”There are many reasons to suspect that suicide rates will increase this year too, not just because of Covid-19 but because stress and anxiety seem to be permeating every aspect of our lives,” says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. “Anxiety is high in the population as a whole, thanks to political and social unrest. Children are not immune from those stressors.” Read the piece here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-11/suicides-among-u-s-kids-and-young-adults-have-been-soaring

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Jennifer Karas Montez interviewed in Huffington Post

Lerner Faculty Affiliate and Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez was interviewed in this Huffington Post article about her new research study showing that conservative state policies have led to declines in life expectancy of residents in conservative states. “Across a huge range of issues, the more liberal version of state policies predicts longer life expectancy and the conservative version predicts shorter life expectancy,” said Jennifer Karas Montez, a sociologist at Syracuse University and the study’s lead author. Passing tougher regulations on tobacco and guns while enhancing labor rights and pay could extend U.S. life expectancy by as much as 2.8 years for women and 2.1 years for men. “Our findings are very powerful and very consistent,” Montez said.

To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here: https://lernercenter.syr.edu/2020/08/04/rb-28/.

Danielle Rhubart interviewed for U.S. News and World Report article on extreme heat health tips

Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was interviewed for this U.S. News and World Report article (https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/hot-weather-health-tips) on extreme heat health tips. “Dense concentrations of concrete and asphalt combined with a lack of vegetation reduce the cooling capabilities of evaporation,” explains Danielle Rhubart, a postdoctoral fellow with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Although it may seem surprising, the most rural U.S. areas have the second-highest rates of heat-related morality. “Higher rates of poverty and preexisting conditions, combined with less access to health care, may account for this rural disadvantage,” Rhubart explains. Read Rhubart’s brief: Preventing Heat-Related Fatalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.